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  • 05/2024
  • 9798989677924 BOCW1JX61V
  • 318 pages
  • $4.99
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  • 05/2024
  • 9798989677917 BOCW1JX61V
  • 318 pages
  • $18.95
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  • 05/2024
  • 9798989677931 BOCW1JX61V
  • 318 pages
  • $14.95
Maggie Smith
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Blindspot
Maggie Smith, author
RACHEL MATTHEWS, single mother and assistant district attorney, is up for a promotion. But she’s got bigger problems – an unknown stalker is calling, leaving creepy gifts, and videotaping her and her teenage daughter Charley. When he demands money or he’ll hurt her child, she meets him at an abandoned beach, only to have him shot before her eyes. Now she’s being framed for murder by an unknown enemy. Together with an old classmate turned private investigator, she works against the clock to identity who’s threatening to destroy not only her career, but her family, and her freedom.
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Assistant District Attorney Rachel Matthews has a lot to juggle— the heavy workload and high expectations of her boss, the promise of a promotion, single motherhood to 17-year-old daughter, Charley, and striving to be a star in all aspects of her life. Rachel has faced a lot of dangerous people as a prosecutor, so when she begins to receive threatening phone calls from a number and voice she doesn't recognize, she's unsettled but not surprised. But the harassment escalates to stalking and a demand: $50,000 in cash in a day, or the stalker will hurt Rachel’s daughter. Rachel shows up, but a shot rings out and ends the life of the shadowy figure she was dreading meeting, and now she knows it's only a matter of time until the police presume that she's a murderer. The clock is ticking to find out who is striving to ruin her life and why.

The result is a tense, twisty mystery that reads quickly and offers an engaging, often secretive cast. Smith (Truth and Other Lies ) keeps readers guessing from the start, with a shifting line up of potential suspects: the jealous coworker, jilted lovers, people Rachel has convicted, the aggressive and inappropriate husband of a new acquaintance. Now, Rachel must rely on help from the police, a high school friend who is now a private eye, and her own wits to come out of this alive.

The character of Rachel is touchingly—sometimes frustratingly—human, at times, a tough prosecutor and professional woman who ignores some giant red flags of imminent danger. Her psychology is convincing, though: Rachel has hidden a troubled romantic past from her daughter, and her fear of revealed secrets keeps her from acting on clear threats sooner. “Why was I always so damn stubborn?” Rachel asks, upbraiding herself even as bullets fly and she reaches for her pepper spray. Smith’s understanding of Rachel’s foibles resonates, the guessing game is fun and fair, and the conclusion will satisfy mystery devotees.

Takeaway: Twisty, character-driven mystery of a DA set up by someone from her past.

Comparable Titles: Lisa Scottoline, Robyn Harding’s The Haters.

Production grades
Cover: A-
Design and typography: A
Illustrations: N/A
Editing: A
Marketing copy: A

Formats
Ebook Details
  • 05/2024
  • 9798989677924 BOCW1JX61V
  • 318 pages
  • $4.99
Paperback Details
  • 05/2024
  • 9798989677917 BOCW1JX61V
  • 318 pages
  • $18.95
Audio Details
  • 05/2024
  • 9798989677931 BOCW1JX61V
  • 318 pages
  • $14.95
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